Spider-Man: Edge of Time

 
Fight as two different web-slingers in time-travel romp.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message, as with most comic book-inspired video games, is good can defeat evil. Both Spider-Man characters fight against crime in two different time periods.

 

Positive role models

While Spider-Man is a "good guy" who fights back against evil, combat is the central gameplay element in this game, therefore some might question if he is a good role model or not. Overall, however, Spider-Man -- as a Marvel character -- is a clean, admirable role model.

Ease of play

Somewhat easy to play, especially if you follow along with the mandatory tutorial at the start of the single-player adventure.

Violence

The fighting is fast and furious in this game, with plenty of melee attacks -- such as punches and kicks -- as well as some web-based ranged weapons. Bad guys may be using guns. There isn't any blood, but without question it's a violent game. Some scenes show the combat in slow-motion for dramatic effect.

Sex

Most of the female characters in the game wear tight-fitting and cleavage-revealing outfits. Some suggestive dialogue includes a female enemy who says "Ooo, smack me around, big boy," which has violent undertones, too, as well as feeling "frisky."

Language

There is some mild language in the game, including "damn," "hell" and "piss off."

Consumerism

The game is based on Marvel's Spider-Man character -- with products that include comic books, movies, and toys, to name a few -- but there aren't any overt brand plugs outside of that (such as in-game advertising).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME was designed with teens and adults in mind, as it focuses heavily on combat. Both Spider-Man characters each have their own unique skills but usually involve punching and kicking enemies and using web-based weapons range attacks, too. Enemies fall but don't bleed. It's not out of context for a comic book-inspired game, but it's something parents should be aware of. There is also some suggestive dialogue, revealing female outfits, and mild profanity.

What's it about?

In Activision's latest Marvel adventure -- SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME –- gamers can assume the role of not one but two different web-slingers: the Amazing Spider-Man of today and Spider-Man 2099 of the future. Both Spideys need to work together -- across two different parallel universes -- to save each other from a mysterious villain capable of traveling back through time in order to change the future. Penned by acclaimed Marvel writer Peter David (co-creator of Spider-Man 2099), these two distinct timelines have a \"cause and effect\" impact as your actions today might trigger an event for Spider-Man in the future -- and the immediate effects can be seen via a picture-in-picture view. Each Spider-Man has his own unique abilities and fighting styles; the acrobatic Amazing Spider-Man enjoys a new \"hyper sense\" mode, for example, while the technologically-enhanced Spider-Man 2099 has an \"accelerated decoy\" capability to fool enemies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While Spider-Man: Edge of Time presents an interesting concept about time travel, the execution is just so-so. This single-player game has a few exciting moments and enjoys high-quality production (including sharp graphics and solid voice-acting), but the story is convoluted, environments are bland, and most enemies don't pose much of a challenge. Sure, the controls are responsive while engaging in combat against thugs, cyborgs, and mutant baddies, and the repertoire of moves between both Spideys adds some variety, but once you play for an hour or two the action grows repetitive. Plus, there aren't that many boss battles to look forward to either. For an 8- to 10-hour campaign -- with little incentive to play again and no multiplayer support –- it's hard to recommend this game as $60 purchase. Instead, Spider-Man fans should rent it for a couple of bucks over a weekend. A better gaming pick is last year's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are the same, while the Nintendo Wii game has a different control scheme and doesn't offer HD graphics.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether video game violence is more acceptable when it's good fighting against evil, rather than having the ability to hurt or kill innocent civilians. Does it matter?

  • This game is based on a comic book universe that has a lot of fantasy violence. How would you respond if the game had no violence?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Price:$59.99 ($49.99 for Wii version)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 4, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old July 27, 2014
age 11+
 

ok

not too much sex but to much violence and some words like s**t and h*ll and d**n.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written bySpidermanFan1993 June 15, 2013
age 8+
 

Great Game - 3DS Review

This is one of the best spider-man games that I have ever played. It has a great storyline that just sucks you in from the moment you start playing. However, the version for the 3DS can get repetitive at times in having you to defeat all the enemies before you can get to the next room. Their is some mild language in this game but it is not frequently used. One area of concern for parents wanting to buy the 3DS version of this game for kids is that the Black Cat is very immodestly dressed and is offensive to some people. I know it is for me. However, the black cat is only in two seens and does not have that much of a role in the game. It is also important to note that Peter Parker is dating Mary Jane in this game and he tries to kiss Black Cat after you beat her the second time she appears. Overall, this is a great game that is worth buying for the 3DS.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 7, 2012
age 10+
 

Very dissapointing and a waste of time, although can be sometimes fun.

Where to start. The challenges is the game (most of them) are near to impossible and the gameplay will last you (If you are a good gamer) around a day and a half. It is very dissapointing and even though what you do n the past affects the future in the game, you still feel so ristricted and there is only one way to do things. The only fun is knowing you will not have to play the game much sooner. There is barely anywhere to roam and even then you are restricted. It does have violence in it but not to extreme. This all said it can be enjoyed. One thing to note though is that some scenes may scare young children so I would not reccomend the game to many people under the age of 10
What other families should know
Too much violence

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